'''Hermann Kesten''' (28 January 1900 – 3 May 1996) was a German novelist and dramatist. He was one of the principal literary figures of the New Objectivity
movement in 1920's Germany.
The literary prize Hermann Kesten Medal
has been given in his honor since 1985.
Kesten was born in Nuremberg in 1900 as son of a Jewish merchant.
In the early 1920s, while a student in Frankfurt, he was already writing plays and forging literary plans. Even at this early stage he seems to have envisaged twin careers for himself, as a writer and as a publisher. Personal contacts – Kesten always relished the company of fellow writers and publishers – facilitated the move to Berlin to take up, in 1928, a post as an editor with the left-wing publisher Kiepenheuer. In the same year he published his...